History Series / TheNBCMysteryMovie

31st Jul '17 12:55:11 AM Piterpicher
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Once this was an established success, NBC and [[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal Television]] launched a second night, moving the three originals to Sundays (they initially aired on Wednesdays) as the rebranded ''NBC Sunday Mystery Movie'' and premiering the ''NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie''; they also tried to find a fourth spoke for the wheel, but none of the new arrivals (see below for chronology) stuck, and neither did the ''NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie'' itself (which only ran from 1972-74) - in fact, it wasn't until the final season that they finally had an addition which was a real hit, in ''[[{{Quincy}} Quincy, M.E.]]''. In 1977 all the elements were cancelled except for the crusading coroner, who in a reversal of ''[=McCloud=]'' was granted his own hour-long slot (although ''Columbo'' continued to make appearances in additional TV movies).

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Once this was an established success, NBC and [[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal Television]] launched a second night, moving the three originals to Sundays (they initially aired on Wednesdays) as the rebranded ''NBC Sunday Mystery Movie'' and premiering the ''NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie''; they also tried to find a fourth spoke for the wheel, but none of the new arrivals (see below for chronology) stuck, and neither did the ''NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie'' itself (which only ran from 1972-74) - in fact, it wasn't until the final season that they finally had an addition which was a real hit, in ''[[{{Quincy}} ''[[Series/{{Quincy}} Quincy, M.E.]]''. In 1977 all the elements were cancelled except for the crusading coroner, who in a reversal of ''[=McCloud=]'' was granted his own hour-long slot (although ''Columbo'' continued to make appearances in additional TV movies).
15th May '17 4:37:05 PM themisterfree
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* ''The Snoop Sisters'' (1973-74): Leonard Stern's second contribution to the ''Mystery Movie'' wheel (he also created ''[=McMillan=] And Wife''), with Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick as mystery-writing sisters who, like [[Series/MurderSheWrote Jessica Fletcher]] years later, tended to stumble across real-life mysteries.

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* ''The Snoop Sisters'' (1973-74): Leonard Stern's second contribution to the ''Mystery Movie'' wheel (he also created ''[=McMillan=] And Wife''), with Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick as mystery-writing sisters who, like [[Series/MurderSheWrote Jessica Fletcher]] years later, tended to stumble across real-life mysteries. Bert Convy (yes, [[Series/{{Tattletales}} THAT]] [[Series/{{Password}} Bert]] [[Series/WinLoseOrDraw Convy]]) played their police contact.
9th Dec '16 12:44:24 AM PaulA
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The most famous element was ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', which came to television in a MadeForTVMovie in 1968 (''Prescription: Murder'', adapted by [[LevinsonAndLink Richard Levinson and William Link]] from their stage play) before becoming part of the wheel in its initial season following a second TV movie (1971's ''Ransom For A Dead Man''). ''Series/McCloud'' (inspired by the 1968 movie ''Coogan's Bluff'') began as an hour-long show as part of another WheelProgram, ''Four-In-One'', in 1970; the following season, this and ''Series/NightGallery'' were "freed" from the wheel, ''Night Gallery'' for its own slot and ''[=McCloud=]'' to be in the new strand. (The other two elements, ''[[Film/SanFranciscoInternationalAirport San Francisco International]]'' and ''The Psychiatrist'', were cancelled along with ''Four-In-One'' itself.) ''Series/McMillanAndWife'', starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James respectively, was the only element to be directly created for the ''Mystery Movie'' lineup.

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The most famous element was ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', which came to television in a MadeForTVMovie in 1968 (''Prescription: Murder'', adapted by [[LevinsonAndLink [[Creator/LevinsonAndLink Richard Levinson and William Link]] from their stage play) before becoming part of the wheel in its initial season following a second TV movie (1971's ''Ransom For A Dead Man''). ''Series/McCloud'' (inspired by the 1968 movie ''Coogan's Bluff'') began as an hour-long show as part of another WheelProgram, ''Four-In-One'', in 1970; the following season, this and ''Series/NightGallery'' were "freed" from the wheel, ''Night Gallery'' for its own slot and ''[=McCloud=]'' to be in the new strand. (The other two elements, ''[[Film/SanFranciscoInternationalAirport San Francisco International]]'' and ''The Psychiatrist'', were cancelled along with ''Four-In-One'' itself.) ''Series/McMillanAndWife'', starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James respectively, was the only element to be directly created for the ''Mystery Movie'' lineup.



* ''Tenafly'' (1973-74): Another LevinsonAndLink creation, with James [=McEachin=] as the only black lead in this incarnation of the ''Mystery Movie'' lineup, playing one of the unflashiest, most down-to-earth detectives (of any colour) on television - a happily married family man just doing a job.

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* ''Tenafly'' (1973-74): Another LevinsonAndLink Creator/LevinsonAndLink creation, with James [=McEachin=] as the only black lead in this incarnation of the ''Mystery Movie'' lineup, playing one of the unflashiest, most down-to-earth detectives (of any colour) on television - a happily married family man just doing a job.



* MeaningfulName: LevinsonAndLink named Tenafly after the town of Tenafly, UsefulNotes/NewJersey.

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* MeaningfulName: LevinsonAndLink Creator/LevinsonAndLink named Tenafly after the town of Tenafly, UsefulNotes/NewJersey.
27th Nov '16 3:38:11 PM eroock
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* ''[=McCoy=]'' (1975-76): the first American TV series to star Tony Curtis, here playing a con man in the Myth/RobinHood mold.

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* ''[=McCoy=]'' (1975-76): the first American TV series to star Tony Curtis, Creator/TonyCurtis, here playing a con man in the Myth/RobinHood mold.
5th Oct '15 7:10:09 AM Morgenthaler
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[[caption-width-right:320:"Tonight, Richard Boone stars as ''HecRamsey''!"]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:"Tonight, Richard Boone stars as ''HecRamsey''!"]]
''Series/HecRamsey''!"]]
3rd Oct '15 3:06:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Banacek}}'': George Peppard as a Polish-American insurance investigator, based in Boston. This was the only element to appear in both seasons (and the only one to have its own page on this site).

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* ''{{Banacek}}'': ''Series/{{Banacek}}'': George Peppard as a Polish-American insurance investigator, based in Boston. This was the only element to appear in both seasons (and the only one to have its own page on this site).
27th Aug '15 5:40:42 PM MarkLungo
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* ''Amy Prentiss'' (1974-75): focusing on the first female chief of detectives in San Francisco, played by Creator/JessicaWalter. The pilot aired [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot in disguise]] as the double-length ''Series/{{Ironside}}'' episode "Amy Prentiss: AKA, The Chief." Incidentally, the City by the Bay wouldn't have a real female chief of police [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heather_Fong until 2004]].

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* ''Amy Prentiss'' (1974-75): focusing on the first female chief of detectives in San Francisco, UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, played by Creator/JessicaWalter. The pilot aired [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot in disguise]] as the double-length ''Series/{{Ironside}}'' ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}'' episode "Amy Prentiss: AKA, The Chief." Incidentally, the City by the Bay wouldn't have a real female chief of police [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heather_Fong until 2004]].



* ''[=McCoy=]'' (1975-76): the first American TV series to star Tony Curtis, here playing a con man in the RobinHood mold.

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* ''[=McCoy=]'' (1975-76): the first American TV series to star Tony Curtis, here playing a con man in the RobinHood Myth/RobinHood mold.
15th Mar '15 10:02:03 AM garrisonskunk
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* ''Series/ElleryQueen'' (1975): While the resulting one hour series aired separately, the two hour pilot debuted as ''An NBC Mystery Movie Special''.
1st Dec '14 5:16:17 PM MarkLungo
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* ''[[Series/{{McCloud}} [=McCloud=] ]]''
* ''McMillanAndWife'': known as ''[=McMillan=]'' in its final season.

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* ''[[Series/{{McCloud}} [=McCloud=] ]]''
''Series/McCloud''
* ''McMillanAndWife'': ''Series/McMillanAndWife'': known as ''[=McMillan=]'' in its final season.



* ''Amy Prentiss'' (1974-75): focusing on the first female chief of detectives in San Francisco, played by Jessica Walter. The pilot aired [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot in disguise]] as the double-length ''Series/{{Ironside}}'' episode "Amy Prentiss: AKA, The Chief." Incidentally, the City by the Bay wouldn't have a real female chief of police [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heather_Fong until 2004]].

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* ''Amy Prentiss'' (1974-75): focusing on the first female chief of detectives in San Francisco, played by Jessica Walter.Creator/JessicaWalter. The pilot aired [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot in disguise]] as the double-length ''Series/{{Ironside}}'' episode "Amy Prentiss: AKA, The Chief." Incidentally, the City by the Bay wouldn't have a real female chief of police [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heather_Fong until 2004]].
1st Dec '14 5:15:06 PM MarkLungo
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The most famous element was ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', which came to television in a MadeForTVMovie in 1968 (''Prescription: Murder'', adapted by [[LevinsonAndLink Richard Levinson and William Link]] from their stage play) before becoming part of the wheel in its initial season following a second TV movie (1971's ''Ransom For A Dead Man''). ''[[Series/{{McCloud}} [=McCloud=] ]]'' (inspired by the 1968 movie ''Coogan's Bluff'') began as an hour-long show as part of another WheelProgram, ''Four-In-One'', in 1970; the following season, this and ''NightGallery'' were "freed" from the wheel, ''Night Gallery'' for its own slot and ''[=McCloud=]'' to be in the new strand. (The other two elements, ''San Francisco International'' and ''The Psychiatrist'', were cancelled along with ''Four-In-One'' itself.) ''McMillanAndWife'', starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James respectively, was the only element to be directly created for the ''Mystery Movie'' lineup.

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The most famous element was ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', which came to television in a MadeForTVMovie in 1968 (''Prescription: Murder'', adapted by [[LevinsonAndLink Richard Levinson and William Link]] from their stage play) before becoming part of the wheel in its initial season following a second TV movie (1971's ''Ransom For A Dead Man''). ''[[Series/{{McCloud}} [=McCloud=] ]]'' ''Series/McCloud'' (inspired by the 1968 movie ''Coogan's Bluff'') began as an hour-long show as part of another WheelProgram, ''Four-In-One'', in 1970; the following season, this and ''NightGallery'' ''Series/NightGallery'' were "freed" from the wheel, ''Night Gallery'' for its own slot and ''[=McCloud=]'' to be in the new strand. (The other two elements, ''San ''[[Film/SanFranciscoInternationalAirport San Francisco International'' International]]'' and ''The Psychiatrist'', were cancelled along with ''Four-In-One'' itself.) ''McMillanAndWife'', ''Series/McMillanAndWife'', starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James respectively, was the only element to be directly created for the ''Mystery Movie'' lineup.



* MeaningfulName: LevinsonAndLink named Tenafly after the town of Tenafly, [[{{Joisey}} N.J.]].

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* MeaningfulName: LevinsonAndLink named Tenafly after the town of Tenafly, [[{{Joisey}} N.J.]].UsefulNotes/NewJersey.
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